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15 reviews | 3.3 out of 5
First, this is great cooker for everyday use. Also, good for a small family. I bought this in early december 2009. no peeling of notstick coating yet. Things I like about the cooker - I can leave the cooker on and forget it, it turns of automatically and no need to unplug the plug. It doesn't burn much rice on the bottom but still little. Easy to store in the cabinet or large drawers.
The only disadvantage - i like to add 2.5 cups of water per cup of basmati rice. when i use 2 to 2.5 cups of rice with 6 cups of water, while the rice is cooking lot of water comes out the glass lid and leaves a mess outside. It will be nice, if there was hole on the glass lid for the water or pressure to leave. Panasonic designed the lid to be little smaller for the water or pressure to leave.
Price is very good, check yourself on panasonic website and other competitors like Tar... and more. The package arrives quickly and without a damage. I saw this same cooker in Panasonic showrooms in India when I visited my family. It's cost 1/2 the price here - Good. I like this cooker overall. It's good for small family and single person.
I will give all 5stars if it leaves no mess on the counter.
Perfect for an individual or family of less than 3-4 who may enjoy rice once or twice per week in "normal" amounts. As a gift, I received a much larger (5-20 cup) rice cooker which I felt was way too much on a routine basis (esp. for an individual or couple), so I read almost every review for different products before ordering this machine. So far (using Jasmine rice only), having mastered the rinsing of the rice, soaking for about 25 minutes, and the rice to water ratio (water about 3/4 inch above the rice level), I am extremely impressed with the final product.
We did not even try this - it may work great, but it is advertised as coming with a steamer basket, AND IT DOES NOT. It also does not appear to have a keep-warm function, at least it has no indicator light to show that. Returned to store and am ordering another unit (Black & Decker). Will hope it includes advertised items.
This is the second one that I have bought, not that there is anything wrong with the first one. On the contrary, we needed one for our vacation home. This cooker does exactly what it is supposed to do, with a minimum of effort. Place the rice and water in the pot, press down the switch, and that's it! It will also cook rice mixes from packets, even those that tell you to bring the water to a boil first. You can skip that step with this cooker. I've had the first one I bought for over five years, and it is still in like-new condition.
We were looking for a cooker without warm function since we do not like to unplug the wire or worse eat burnt out rice. This is an excellent cooker.
The write up for this product says it comes with a steamer basket and a rice scoop. It came with neither. I didn't really care about the scoop, but I was very interested in using this as a vegetable steamer as well as a rice cooker so I returned it.
made 2 batches with this cooker. the first batch was undercooked. the second batch of rice was scorched on the bottom. was going to try a 3rd, but realized using a rice cooker shouldn't be so unpredictable.
This rice cooker is very easy to use. Just add your rice and water, press the button, and the rice is automatically cooked to perfection.
The product AUTOMATIC COOKER model No.SR-WA18H is a very good model and it has given faultless service for nearly FIVE YEARS to me. However, the bottom metallic portion of the cooker is corroded now. I am looking for a part replacement (I wish to keep the product because of its good service). But I am unable to get service centre in the Western/Northern part of Bangalore City, INDIA.
This is a good, basic, rice cooker. It will do everything I needed in a small unit. My only disappointment is the lack of a steaming basket.
After less than one year the non-stick coating on the insert has started to chip and pit. I have taken very good care of this rice cooker, have only used the plastic rice spoon included, yet the non-stick coating is coming off on the bottom. I am very disappointed because other than this, the unit has performed well.
spend a little more, get a little more. Even though I followed directions to a tee (rinsing rice, measuring, seating the bowl) -- it spewed water all over my counter. taking it back if i can find a retailer in my area.